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American Imperialism

In the late 19th century, when the United States first embarked upon building an overseas empire, many Americans were strongly opposed to the imperialist project. They felt that building an empire...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020 10:45 am UTC

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Nationalism is a sense of pride in one's own country, culture, and heritage. Nationalism fosters a sense of one's own culture as superior to and distinct from other cultures, an important trait...

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US imperialism was shaped by a combination of economic and strategic factors. Economically, there exists a close connection between imperialism and industrial capitalism (and the United States is...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 7:39 am UTC

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This is a tricky question because although imperialism in the pre-WWII sense is gone, there are still actions by nations around the world that are reminiscent of imperialism. Following the end of...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2017 11:16 am UTC

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Colonies were a major benefit to imperial powers for a variety of reasons. Imperialist nations would conquer other countries and use them for their benefit. Colonies provided a wealth of resources...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 1:38 pm UTC

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By the late 19th Century, the United States was being drawn steadily towards imperialism. Imperialism is when one nation extends its control and influence beyond its own borders. This can be...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 3:50 pm UTC

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The United States took a larger role in world affairs through the projection of its military and economic power. It did so in order to become a more important country. By the late 1800s, the...

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The United States emerged as a world power from the economic boom it experienced after WWI. The United States had already experienced an immense strengthening as an imperialist, militarized world...

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During the 1880s, many Americans supported imperialism. One reason for this was to find new markets for American goods. American industry was producing goods faster than American consumers could...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 5:29 pm UTC

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Historians have linked US imperialist impulses to what historian Frederick Turner called the closing of the American frontier in 1890. At that point, railroads and settlement had "tamed" the Wild...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 7:43 pm UTC

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The United States already viewed itself as the major power of the Western Hemisphere, as evidenced by the Monroe Doctrine. The United States fought the Spanish-American War under the guise of a...

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There are a number of reasons. First of all, American businesses looked for new markets abroad, and so some kind of imperial policy was thought necessary to achieve this goal. European colonial...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2018 7:49 am UTC

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Imperialism began to grow and to develop in the 1800s. Countries had several reasons for becoming imperialistic. One factor that influenced imperialism was an economic factor. Countries were...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016 5:08 pm UTC

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Nationalism can be both a cause and an effect of imperialism. Very often a people will react to imperialism with nationalism. For example look at Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and how his nationalism...

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One of the other factors involved in the desire for empire was simply the ego of the leaders of the United States and the desire to do what other rich and powerful countries had done, namely to...

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A number of factors influenced American society to abandon its previous self imposed isolationism and reach outward to the world. Among the most important: The increase in American manufacturing...

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Perhaps the most obvious example of American Imperialism was American actions during and immediately after the Spanish American War. The war itself began on a whim, and Spain's attempts to prevent...

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There were many different reasons that people supported imperialism. I have divided some of them into three categories: economic, ideological, and strategic. Economic: Many (but not all, Andrew...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2015 4:25 am UTC

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In the 1890s, the United States was interested in Cuba for a variety of reasons. These reasons were generally connected to a desire for economic expansion and greater military power. There were...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2014 2:41 pm UTC

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Industrialization was actually very closely tied with imperialism and the acquisition of empire. For one thing, it was a key motivating factor for empire. Industrial Economies require both raw...

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I would have to say that I believe that racism was a tool for colonial powers to justify the acquisition of colonies more than it was actually a motivation. In other words, the taking of lands from...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 10:16 pm UTC

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There was a wide range of factors that motivated Europeans to colonize Africa in the late 1800's. The most important purpose of the colonies was an economic one. European countries needed resources...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 2:55 pm UTC

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The previous post was extremely thorough. I would also add that the need to solidify the economic interests of the United States abroad helped to further Roosevelt's claim of imperialism. As...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 6:39 pm UTC

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The US became an imperial power because the older imperial powers were in decline. The Spanish-American War (1898) is the clearest example of the United States' transition from a national to...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2010 12:21 am UTC

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This group believed that countries that are imperialist often govern people against their will. The empire established by Spain was a good example of this situation. For example, the people of the...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 2:54 am UTC

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America's New Imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was motivated by several factors. First, Americans had long thought of themselves as having a unique place in the world, in part...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2017 1:05 pm UTC

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The late-nineteenth century United States became an imperial power for a multitude of reasons. The nineteenth-century doctrine of Manifest Destiny was a contributing factor to American imperialism....

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 11:07 am UTC

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"Imperial power" is a bit of a vague label. It tends to mean several things at once, so let's unpack it. In the sense of "this country was built on conquest by force," the "imperial power" part of...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2017 1:12 am UTC

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Mass production was a key factor that drove economic imperialism in the late nineteenth century. Countries sought new sources of raw materials that could be used to keep factories running. It was...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2020 1:38 am UTC

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First of all, we have to realize that it is impossible to objectively determine what the “main driving force” behind American imperialism was. Policies come about because of a variety of motives....

Latest answer posted April 17, 2015 4:17 am UTC

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American foreign policy in most eras has combined elements of both self-interest and idealism, and the period from 1895 to 1920 is no exception. Indeed, most of the United States' relations with...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2018 9:37 am UTC

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From today's standpoint, we would say they were not. But by the standards of the time they were certainly justified. These days, we think that it is wrong to take control of other countries...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2012 8:32 pm UTC

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Those involved at the time of U.S. Expansionism had no problems justifying it; however in the wisdom of hindsight, it is hardly justifiable. The belief at the time was that U.S. civilization and...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011 6:53 am UTC

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The Platt Amendment made Cuba a protectorate of the United States. It gave the United States the right to intervene in the island's affairs any time it saw fit and prevented the nation from...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018 11:29 pm UTC

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There were three major arguments in favor of imperialism. First, there was an economic argument that said that an empire would give the US sources of raw materials and new markets in which to sell...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2011 12:13 pm UTC

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Imperialism refers to when a country controls another country politically and economically, sometimes against its will. The United States became imperialistic in the late 1800s. We manufactured a...

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From the earliest days of the United States until the late 1800s, the United States had a mission of territorial expansion. The idea of Manifest Destiny justified U.S. expansion across North...

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"....if we are to hold our own in the struggle for naval and commercial supremacy, we must build up our Dower without our own borders"--Teddy Roosevelt There were a number of motives for the...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2015 2:55 pm UTC

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With a question like this, I think it's worth considering that the various motivations can intersect and feed off of one another. Economic interests, military interests, and strategic interests,...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 6:00 am UTC

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1898 marked a significant change in the foreign policy of the United States. It was in that year that the country began growing its overseas holdings and projecting its power around the world. Much...

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Since the early 1900's, the US has largely continued to act as an imperialist power up until the early 1990's. The US military has spent time in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Honduras,...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2010 11:22 am UTC

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By the middle of the nineteenth century, the rise of American big business directly fed into the emergent imperial interests of the United States. This was the result of both the demand American...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019 11:55 pm UTC

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The starting point for American Imperialism is really post-Civil War, when America wanted to cement its national identity and slide onto the stage as a world power. The places it saw an opening...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2019 2:59 pm UTC

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There were a few factors that went into US expansion in the early twentieth century. One factor was a need to spread American ideals. This meant the American belief in capitalism and Christianity....

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For: The advanced civilizations have proved themselves to be culturally superior. It is therefore only right and proper that they should be allowed to conquer those parts of the world that are less...

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In many ways, one can consider imperialism the forerunner of globalization. The original British settlement of North America was an example of imperialism in which Britain, an advanced industrial...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019 12:57 pm UTC

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The United States became an imperial power during the late nineteenth century in order to spread American idealism and commercialism. Thanks to the works of Alfred Thayer Mahan, which stated that a...

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The defeated nations (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria) were forced to sign harsh peace treaties after World War I (1914–1918). The punitive treaties were written by men whose...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2019 6:47 pm UTC

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It is easy to second-guess history in hindsight. In the early 1900s, the United States did pursue an imperialist policy in the Western hemisphere. As the world's rising superpower, the US wanted to...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2020 1:21 pm UTC

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Yes, to a certain extent we are still imperialist even if not in the traditional sense. How else do you explain our situation in Iraq? We had no reason to go in there. We were protecting our...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2011 12:33 am UTC

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